Aisling Chaimbeul: On Being a Solitary
On Being a Solitary, From A (Attraction to the Path) to Z (Zen Owning Your Personal Path).
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Aisling Chaimbeul is a pagan witch who began her quest as a solitary in 1969 when she was in her teens, when she seriously questioned the doctrine of her Bible Belt evangelical upbringing. Her path had actually begun when she was in elementary school and found a secret friend called “Herman” who helped her deal with being bullied and found, when being introduced to Greek mythology, that she identified with Athena, unlike all the other girls in her class who thought Aphrodite was the ideal. Then, in her teens, she heard (via the Dick Cavett Show when he interviewed Sybil Leek) about witchcraft and Wicca, and her search began.
Given that there were no covens in her town, nor any occult shops/bookstores, no internet (it was 1969, after all), she got her first lead by stumbling on an add to join an “Occult Book Club” in a horoscope magazine her aunt had shared with her mom.
Aisling focused on the principles she found in works centered around Sybil Leek’s work, and she started to build her skills and practice. Then she discovered various “fantasy” novels that gave her a framework for ritual structures and formal spells in the early 1970s, reading between the lines to figure out what really worked for her. When she left her hometown to attend college, and later when she moved to the DC area to begin her professional career, she searched for other witches, without success. It was a rocky path, filled with starts and stops, slowly finding her pagan path as well as her witch identity.
She developed her own rituals and spells, fine-tuning them over the years, and specialized in real-time energy casting spells in emergencies. She finally connected with a local witch community in 2006, and while she loves having some connections with fellow witches now, she is most comfortable in her solitary practice, where she can determine what is best for her own needs and philosophy, free from rivalries and politics.
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